Disqualified Driver FAQs

Disqualified driving cases and the motoring laws that govern them can be confusing & complex. Below are commonly asked questions answered by an experienced motoring law solicitor.

Q: If I am disqualified in the UK, can I still drive abroad?

A: If you are disqualified by a court in the UK then you are also banned in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and the Isle of Man. This is called ‘mutual recognition of disqualification’. Disqualified drivers in these countries are also banned in Britain.

You won’t necessarily be banned in other countries, unless their domestic legislation recognises foreign disqualifications. However, if banned in Great Britain you will no longer have a British driving licence, and most foreign countries will not let you drive without a licence.

If in doubt, you would need legal advice in the country concerned.

Q: I have been disqualified from driving in Ireland. Will the disqualification apply in the UK?

A: Yes. If you are disqualified by a court in Ireland, then you are also banned in the UK. This is called ‘mutual recognition of disqualification’. The same applies if you are banned in the Isle of Man.

Q: I have been banned from driving. Can I get my licence back early?

A: This depends on the following circumstances:

  • If you were banned for 2 years or less, you cannot apply at all. Your only option would be to appeal IF you were in time and had grounds.
  • If you were disqualified for less than 4 years, you can apply after 2 years.
  • If disqualified for between 4 and 10 years, you can apply when half the period has expired.
  • If disqualified for 10 years or more, or for life, you can apply after 5 years.
  • In deciding whether to remove a drink driving ban, the court has to take into account your character, conduct since conviction and any other circumstances.

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